Saturday, April 14, 2018

Out June 8: "Paris in the Spring" compiles 60s and 70s sounds from France


The events of May '68 are seen as a turning point in France's social history - pictures of the barricades are still potent images. Lines were drawn politically, culturally, socially, and pop music was not exempt. 'Paris In The Spring' is a collection of the new music, put together by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, that emerged from France between 1968 and the mid-70s, an extraordinary blend of several previously independent strains - French chanson and y-y, American jazz and funk, British chamber pop - shot through with the era's underlying mixture of optimism, uncertainty and darkness. This is the first collection of its kind, released on the 50th anniversary of the Paris uprising.


1. La Victime - Karl Heinz Schäfer
2. Hélicoptère - Mireille Darc
3. Les Aventures Extraordinaires D'un Billet de Banque - Bernard Lavilliers
4. Roses and Revolvers - Janko Nilovic
5. L'elu - Ilous & Decuyper
6. La Metaphore - Jacques Dutronc
7. Dommage Que Tu Sois Mort - Brigitte Fontaine
8. Les Garde Violent Au Secours Du Roi - Jean-Claude Vannier
9. Looking for You - Nino Ferrer
10. Chanson D'un Jour D'hiver - Cortex
11. Viens - Françoise Hardy
12. Couleurs - Léonie
13. Leslie Simone - William Sheller
14. Litanies - Triangle
15. Baleines - François de Roubaix
16. Encore Lui - Jane Birkin
17. Evelyne - Serge Gainsbourg
18. Le Bal Des Lazes - Michel Polnareff
19. Lileth - Léonie
20. Ystor - Ys
21. Chanson Pour Que Tu M'aimes Un Peu - France Gall
22. La Victime - Karl Heinz Schäfer
23. La Chanson D'hélène - Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli


  1. I know of very few of the artists listed here, but i want to get the album. (Is that still the right word to use?) The reason is that cover image. He doesn't look mid-leap, but rather like he's drifting through the scene - perhaps drifting in the stream of music not captured by the camera?
    Yeah, maybe it's silly. But i was drawn in enough that i'll go looking for the sound to accompany the image.

  2. Bob Stanley's compilations are great. I don't think you'll be disappointed. His history of pop music is well worth reading, too.